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January 1981

Cutaneous Lesions in Brucellosis

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology Service, Department of Medicine, Letterman Army Medical Center, Presidio of San Francisco.

Arch Dermatol. 1981;117(1):40-42. doi:10.1001/archderm.1981.01650010046024

• Two types of eruptions developed in a patient who had a fever of unknown origin: (1) tiny papules on the trunk and proximal extremities and (2) erythema nodosum-like deep dermal nodules on the legs. Brucella agglutinin test results were persistently negative, but B melitensis grew from the blood culture. Brucellosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a fever of unknown origin associated with a papular eruption with certain histologic features and/or erythema nodosum-like lesions. The histologic examination of cutaneous lesions may facilitate the diagnosis.

(Arch Dermatol 117:40-42, 1981)

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